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Friends, Photographs, Valentine’s Day

A lot has happened since we last made a blog post.  I guess I shall start where we left off, but I will not write everything we have done since then, because I don’t have time and neither do you.  Instead, I will just pull the highlights of the past couple of weeks and leave the rest for other to write.  (Or perhaps for me to write on a later date.)  A few days after the events of the last post, we were invited to lunch and to spend some time in fellowship with a godly family.  After lunch, we all got our instruments out and played some hymns.

Playing music together Playing hymns together

It seems inevitable that where there is music being played by a group like this, there will also be an audience.

The listeners It looks like someone is taking notes on what we play... A hymn-singer

the farm

After playing, we went outside to the barn.  Most of us had as yet not seen either their new robotic milker nor their new brown cows.  Certain people were more keen on watching the machine, while others were more interested in the animals.  I will let my readers guess which gender generally prefered which.

cow 18 cow 16

After visiting the cows, several people went to visit the horses.  Elizabeth even got to go bareback riding for a little while.


One thing I like about winter is the combination of snow, ice, and moonlight.  Here are a few pictures we have taken of this kind of combination.  The road in the picture is not our road, but a road not far from ours.  I love the way the moon’s light is reflected on the icy road.

a cold day outside The moon is being reflected on the ice. the moon looking in between icicles

On Friday the 10th we had several people over for a Valentines Day supper. Evelyn worked very hard to make lots of little gum-drop roses.

hand-made roses chocolate valentines cake

We had several birthdays to celebrate as well, so when dessert was about to be served we brought each of the birthday people a dessert with a candle on top.  After supper, the men had a men’s meeting and the ladies and children talked upstairs – and washed dishes.  I am very grateful for those who do those tasks that are rarely noticed.  It is always good to get together and share with godly people.

Valentine's Day meal Happy Birthday Playing together

“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4

Gingerbread, Cookies, and Firemen

We have a tradition at our home of making gingerbread houses around Christmas time.  We mass-produce the main shapes so that all that has to be done is the decorating part.

Making the prefabs Assembling the prefabs

Everyone likes to decorate their houses in their own way – some put on lots of candy, while others would rather put on less; some like to make their houses fancy, while other prefer to keep their houses simple.  There seem to be two antithetical philosophies in decorating these houses: the goal is either aesthetic or palatableness.  Well, there are some in-between houses, too.

Decorating the houses Custom exterior decorators

Elizabeth made this neat-looking gingerbread house.

One cute gingerbread house

Another tradition we have at our home is the making and distributing of cookie plates.  The recipients of these plates vary from year to year, but generally include friends, pastors, widows, people in need in various ways, and people or organizations that are helpful to the community.

Making cookie plates Finished cookie plates

This year we brought cookie plates and thank-you notes to the fire stations, the ambulance station, and the police stations.  The ambulance station was closed (because it was Christmas eve), but we happened to catch an ambulance pulling out, about to start their shift.  The police seemed the most surprised of them all.  I suppose most people don’t think to thank the police.

Bringing thank-you’s to the fire station

I Peter 2:13-14 “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.”

Frazer Family Facts and Fancy

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Chalk Talks and Concerts

This past week we have had the opportunity of ministering through music and chalk talks in a few different places.  On Tuesday the 6th, we were at Grace Christian Home for a chalk talk.  The unsaved residents need to hear the Gospel message preached and those who know the Lord appreciate hearing it again.  So, the staff of the home decided to schedule the chalk talk during the normal supper time, when almost everyone would be able to be there.  This chalk talk is called “The Shepherds’ Story.”

Chalk Talk at Grace Christian Home

This past weekend we had more of an adventure.  I would like to thank all those who were praying for us on this trip – we really needed it!  We were scheduled to go to Beachburg, ON, for two events: one Saturday evening in a retirement home and the other Sunday afternoon at the local community centre.  However by the time we got to Montreal, our trailer was making funny sounds.  We investigated the problem and found that the axle had somehow slid forward a few inches and was now eating the wheel well.  We didn’t have any tools to fix the problem, and weren’t sure whether we could fix the problem even if we did have the tools.

We finally decided we had better locate a u-haul dealer.  Thanks to some mobile technology, we found that there was one only a few minutes out of our way.  We were very grateful that we didn’t have to go far to find one.  When we got there we found that they had exacty two trailers, only one of which was large enough.  We had lost some time already by starting on our way a little later than expected and trying to fix our trailer without tools and having to drive smoothly (those who know Montreal roads know that is not easy…Laughing)  So, we unloaded quickly and loaded it all into the rented u-haul.

Loading up the u-haul

After this adventure, we were running rather later than we had hoped, knowing that retirement home residents do not normally arrive late for special events.  Amazingly we arrived in plenty of time to set up.  Praise the Lord!  Very few of the residents were Christians, as far as I know, so I am glad that every chalk talk we do is carefully planned to contain a clear salvation message.  Hopefully, some will be receptive to the message that God has for them and respond accordingly.

Music at the Retirement Home

After this presentation, we went to the community centre to set up for the next day.  We were quite surprised to see this glowing sign (thank you Matthew!):

A Glowing Sign

There were a lot more people than I had expected to come who once again heard the good news of Jesus Christ clearly presented.  May the seed that was planted in their hearts that day sprout up and bring forth fruit.

Music Christmas Concert Chalk Talk - The Shepherds Story

We did have time in between to fellowship with our host family.  Thank you for your warm hospitality!  Oh, and since the chalk talk we were doing was “The Shepherds’ Story”, I thought it might be appropriate to add a picture of one of their sheep.

The cute sheep

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” – Isaiah 53:6-7

Wales Home, chalk art, concerts

Yesterday afternoon we had the opportunity of visiting the Wales Home for a time of music and a chalk talk.  The residents apparently enjoyed it very much, and I rejoice that so many heard the gospel preached clearly.

I would like to thank those who are so faithful in praying for us as we minister through music and chalk talks.  The Devil does not want people to hear the truth of God’s Word and will make every effort to twart reception of the Gospel by the hearts of those that hear.  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17.

We have a few more events coming up, so don’t forget to check our events page.  Please pray that the Lord would grant that we speak and share only what He wants us to speak and share, as it says in Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.”

Jonathan drawing the tree me and Elizabeth drawing on the centre easle Born to Die

This on is an adaptation of Matthew Bowman’s “Born to Die.”  Although evangelicals rarely forget that Christmas is about Christ’s birth, we often forget at Christmas time why Jesus was born.  It was fortold by the prophets and declared by Jesus before He died, but not even his disciples really understood it until Jesus himself explained it to the men on the road to Emmaus.  Jesus Christ was born to die.

A Bug Post…

…and a happy birthday!

William is an amateur entologist.  So, when he said he wanted a surprise for his birthday dessert, Elizabeth and Evelyn decided that he would like some bugs on his birthday cake.

Bugs - can you guess what kinds they are?

Not just anyone would be delighted to see that there were some bugs on their birthday cake, but William seemed to be enthralled.

William was delighted!

Once the birthday bugs cupcakes were eaten (we didn’t eat all of them), it was time for the gifts.  I hope you find a good use for those tools soon, William!

Some useful birthday presents

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.” – John 15:11

Thanksgiving and Hospitality

There are two times in the year when visiting extended family is considered important: Christmas and Thanksgiving.  We think of having our family over for such occasions as being hospitable.  But how many people do we have to have over to be hospitable?  Is 5 enough?  Or should it be twice as many people as you normally have at home?  Can it be immediate family, or must it be strangers?

What is real hospitality?  A good definition of hospitality is “cheerfully sharing food, shelter, and spiritual refreshment with those whom God brings into my life.”  So, whether we have 73 people over, or only a few, the important thing is sharing what you have with those whom God brings into our lives.

Set up for 72

We had 73 people over the Friday before Thanksgiving, and then had all the Sherbrooke Gideons and their wives (about 15 people) over for an honorary supper on Thanksgiving Day.

But what would it be to have company without there being some kind of disaster?  The one I remember best is the turkey disaster.

cleaning up the disaster

The turkey decided it was tired of sitting in a pan of boiling liquid, so when I pulled it part way out of the oven, it promptly released that liquid all over the oven door, the floor and my feet, which happened to be under me as I was removing the turkey.  I am very grateful for Elizabeth and Jonathan who willingly helped clean up the mess.  Overall, however, the preparation went very well, and we had the opportunity of meeting a few new people.

The room was full starting on the deserts

Although almost all the leaves have fallen now, we did had some beautiful autumn weather this year.  Thanksgiving Friday was one such day so, as I was outside waiting for people to arrive, I thought I would take advantage of it to take some pictures of what remained of the beautiful autumn foliage.

Fall leaves

colourful maple leaves

1 Peter 4:9-10 “Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”


Last night we had our first frost.  We did see it coming, so last Friday, we all got outside and picked the garden.  We have the habit of weighing everything we pick, so I thought I would take advantage of the fact and put some of the weights here. 

It was a beautiful fall day, with the leaves just beginning to change colours.

fall colours green and red maple leaves half moon with maple leaves

The half moon was hovering over the colourful maples, so I couldn’t resist taking this picture.

We didn’t plant all these pumpkins; some of them came up of their own accord in the compost pile.  I guess they liked the soil there: the pumpkins grew quite well!

Picking pumpkins a good crop of pumpkins weighing the pumpkins

All together, we grew about 200 lbs of pumpkin.  We grew almost as much tomato – 150 lbs.

a tomato growing (Green Zebra) nice tomato, William! tomato triage

We don’t know what type of apple most of our trees give, as they were already there when we moved here, but we think they are not grafted.  They do give excellent apples, though.

A ripe apple time to taste one... This variety is called "big tree"

While we were picking apples from one tree, another picker came along.  You may have to click on the pictures to tell who it was.

An apple-picking cat?

some grapes coming ripe harvesting basil - it took pruning shears working in the garden

We decided to wash the carrots right away to keep them from going bad too fast.

a few of the carrots being washed 18 lbs of carrots

Carrots were not the only things that needed a little washing…

The floors will need a wash too.

Let’s just say the floor did too.

Psalm 75:1 “Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wondrous works declare”.

Music in Newport Center

I would like to thank everyone who prayed for us as we travelled to Newport Center, VT, to play music in a small church yesterday.  We figured the border crossing would probably be difficult, seeing it was the 10th anniversary of the attacks on September 11th.  But then, just a day or two before we were to leave, we realized that one of our passports was in Ottawa being renewed.  It was not expired, but we didn’t have it with us, and a passport is required to go through the border.  So, we contacted the pastor and informed him of the situation and said that we weren’t sure we would be able to be there at all.  He simply replied that if God wanted us there, we would get there, and if not this time, we could re-schedule.

So, we contacted the One in charge of the border crossing and asked Him to let us through.  We left early Sunday morning, and got through the border with somewhat less difficulty than usual!  And, yes, the music went well, too!

En route there was a lot of really pretty scenery.  It is very reminiscent of the scenery in the Eastern Townships of Quebec.  I guess that’s because the scenery was made before the Canada-US border.  Smile  To get to Newport Center, we had to go through Newport, which is at the south end of Lake Memphremagog.

A glimpse of Lake Memphremagog from Vermont A house with mountains in the background

Nestled among the Appalachian Mountains and lakes of northern Vermont, Newport previously had a very present French population due to its easy access to Quebec via the lake, and with that, much Roman Catholic influence.

A large church building in Newport

Proverbs 21:1 “The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turneth it whithersoever he will.”

An Excellent Lumberjack

I have often had the opportunity to cut down trees in locations that are challenging, but rarely have I been able to do so with the precision with which this one was taken down, considering the circumstances – I almost never work in the rain, and try to avoid working in the wind if at all possible, especially 60+ kph winds!

This first picture is taken about 24 hours before the tree was taken down.

The before picture

Notice the new hole in the skyline.

One large poplar is gone

Hmm.  Huricane precision, or the omnipotent hand of God?

Within two feet of knocking the corner off the barn

Psalm 92:4,5 “Thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.  O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep.”